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Lord of the Glens Review

70% of cruisers loved it
Why Go?
  • Super-intimate way to tour Scottish lakes
  • Can navigate open sea as well as Caledonian Canal
  • Picture windows provide stunning views
  • Meals comprise fresh regional produce
  • All cabins have windows
  • Accommodations include extra storage, music systems
  • Local artists perform in lounge

Lord of the Glens Overview

The 150-foot-long Lord of the Glens was originally built in Greece in 1985. The Magna Carta Steamship Company embarked on a major rebuild of the motor yacht after it acquired the ship. Indeed, prior to its relaunch in 2000, the vessel was completely gutted, and its interiors were designed to complement the region it serves -- the waters of Scotland's lochs and canals.

Lord of the Glens has four passenger decks. The cabins, all of which are outsides with windows (two of them with double portholes instead) span three of the decks; the top deck is used solely as public space, with two lounges, a bar and a library.

The ambience is that of a country manor-house, with warm, rich woods and overstuffed furnishings in the public spaces, teak and mahogany touches in the staterooms and expansive sun decks ("terraces"), fore and aft on the top deck. The restaurant is capable of accommodating 60 people at once, but all meals are open-seating; in other words, come when you'd like. Fine china, silver utensils and French crystal are utilized in the dining room; meals are created using the finest local ingredients, which are acquired as the yacht moves from place to place.

The staterooms are cozy at an average of 135 square feet each, but they're well-appointed and attractive. Comfortable furnishings and Highland-oriented artwork dominate the rooms, which also include in-suite facilities with showers, satellite televisions, vanity tables and stools, ai- conditioning, safe deposit boxes, music systems, internal telephones, hair dryers and robes. Beds can be configured as twins or doubles.

Itineraries involve traversing lakes and canals near Inverness and Glasgow, and -- in the summer months, when the boat is chartered by Lindblad Expeditions -- they also include Edinburgh. Excursions (which are included in the cruise price) consist of castle visits, distillery visits, a Highland steam-hauled train journey and a trip to the Loch Ness Visitor's Centre. During August, under Lindblad Expeditions' charter, itineraries also include Edinburgh's Military Tattoo. Entertainment troupes might be brought onboard for performances of Scottish song and dance.

All rooms are double-occupancy; singles pricing is available on request. Neither the vessel nor the journey is appropriate for young children. Most guests are between 45 and 65 years old, enjoy a refined atmosphere and fine dining, don't mind dressing up a bit for the Captain's dinner and want to learn about the history and culture of the region. The four-night journeys attract a mostly European crowd, as they visit the British Isles; the longer trips, booked through Lindblad Expeditions, are comprised primarily of U.S. and Canadian travelers.

Lord of the Glens Member Reviews 11 Reviews
   We Would Cruise Again in a Heartbeat
August 2014

We cruised on Lord of the Glens as part of a National Geographic Expedition, and we would travel again in a heartbeat on this wonderful ship.

The ship is stylish and elegant, without being stuffy. Polished brass and wooden fixtures ...continue

   Not what we expected
July 2014

The ship herself is very comfortable,we had a middle deck cabin and found it very comfortable with plenty of storage space,But the pillows on the beds are of a very inferior quality and were very stained under the pillow cases.

The first ...continue

   Inner hebrides & caledonian canal
June 2013

We sailed on the Lord of the Glens 11thru 18th June '13.

First the ship,we had a top deck cabin, which are not the biggest but are far quieter and offer better views than the middle and lower decks.By ocean standards the cabins are small ...continue

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Ship Stats
Crew: 18
Launched: 1988/2000
Decks: 3
Tonnage: 1065
Passengers: 54
Registry: British
CDC Score: Not yet inspected
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